Life on the goldfields

This pathway brings together resources and activities for students exploring the Victorian goldrush as part of AusVELS Level 5 Humanities - History.

Learning intention

Students will:

  • Explore the impact of a significant development or event on a colony; for example, frontier conflict, the gold rushes, the Eureka Stockade, internal exploration, the advent of rail, the expansion of farming, drought (ACHHK095)

Resources

Below is a list of resources and pages featured in the Explore History section of this site that support research into the Victorian goldrush.

Significant Victorians

Day-to-day life

Migration

Environmental and social impact

Artists

Other resources are available in the Golden Victoria section of the site.

Activities

These activities can support students' research and writing about the gold rushes:

These activities explore key issues and primary sources:

The Research skills section also provides addtional information and strategies for students.

More to explore

Australian goldrush - National Museum of Australia

 

Painting showing illicit alcohol service at the back of a tent.